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Diagnostic Imaging

 

Athletes suffering suspected tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are often adequately assessed with clinical diagnostic tests performed in the clinician’s office. When these are inconclusive, diagnostic arthroscopy is the gold standard—and MRI is a generally low-value option due to its time and cost burdens.

Parents may start to reconsider treatment options when it comes to the effects of anesthesia on their children thanks to new findings from Boston Children's Hospital. 

Radiology researchers at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., have shown that infrared thermal testing is better than the human touch at finding wear spots and other defects in protective lead aprons.

After getting imaged, outpatients expect to hear back on the results within one to three days. If the wait goes longer than that, they’re likely to feel worried—or perhaps perturbed—and call in for themselves within five days, according to researchers at the University of Michigan.

Routine follow up CT imaging in elderly patients who have experienced head trauma may need to be implemented into standardized treatment plans at a more cost-effective rate, according to a recent article by JACR.  

 

Recent Headlines

Prostate patients willing to pay more for high-sensitivity biopsy guidance

As long as they’ve got money in a health savings account (HSA), men are willing to pay considerably more to choose prostate biopsy guided by MRI plus transrectal ultrasound over prostate biopsy guided by transrectal ultrasound alone, according to a study published online in Urology Practice.

Novel steerable needle better than the conventional kind in CT-guided biopsy

Using a lean flank steak embedded with simulated anatomic obstacles, researchers have demonstrated the superiority of a steerable needle over a straight one in percutaneous CT-guided needle biopsy, according to a study published online April 26 in the Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography.

AI identifies TB with high precision

After training two deep-learning models to identify tuberculosis, researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have gotten their human-free method to nail the disease with 96 percent accuracy, according to a study published online in Radiology.

Trauma CT imaging at non-trauma centers often inadequate

Subpar quality in trauma CT images acquired in non-trauma care settings hampers accurate radiological interpretation, suggesting that other-than-imaging assessments are best until these patients are sent to trauma centers, according to a study published online April 18 in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

Hand-held EEG device shows promise in diagnosing head injuries

In a new clinical trial, researchers found that imaging is not the only tool that can be used to diagnose head injury with accuracy. A hand-held electroencephalogram (EEG) device proved a viable method of diagnosing brain bleeding.

Back pain patients help refine research via crowdsourcing, registries

Online crowdsourcing and patient-registry recruitment both work as avenues for soliciting input from patients on what aspects of their malady they’d like to see studied—at least when the malady is low back pain. 

Man or machine? Robot proves effective in diagnosing sports concussions

While most sports concussions are diagnosed through an individual’s experience or an onsite MRI or CT scan, a new technique is offering a tool that is much more accessible for players.

Early childhood sleep problems show up on brain MRI by 7 years old

Echoing a University of Chicago study showing that children with sleep apnea are at risk for brain damage, researchers in the Netherlands have shown a link between childhood sleep disturbances and smaller gray matter volumes. 

Is SPECT imaging accurate in predicting nigral neurons in Parkinson's patients?

SPECT imaging of the brain is used for gathering information on dopamine activity when it comes to monitoring patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Fluid in the lungs being measured by a new technique using ultrasound

Medical researchers and engineers from North Carolina State University have found a new approach that uses ultrasound to measure fluid levels in the lungs.

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